COBURN ARCHITECTURE is a multidisciplinary design studio based in tropical Cairns, Australia.


We believe in creating positive spatial experiences for our end users and are dedicated to making a difference through well considered design, building stronger communities.


We deliver projects involving architecture, interior and community design ranging from interior fit-outs and refurbishment projects to large community, health, seniors’ living and education facilities, as well as commercial developments.


We enjoy working collaboratively with our Clients to achieve their goals. At Coburn Architecture we are particularly focused on identifying and managing the different challenges and possibilities each unique project brings. We celebrate project-based research and interpreting the Client’s diverse functional, psychological and commercial requirements.


Our end goal is to design for durability and environmental, social and economic sustainability by creating spaces that are relevant to their time, place and the people that use them for communities to thrive.


The practice was founded in 2013 by Alanna Coburn. With over 15 years’ Architectural experience, and 10 years in the Tropics, Alanna and her close-knit team are dedicated to providing end to end project management to service their clients.


We work closely with specialist consultants to deliver each project on time and budget. We team up with other Architects and Consultants as required to deliver larger projects and meet resourcing demands. This structure allows us to be flexible in the way we work and in the scale of projects we can service.



Alanna has a deep understanding of a broad range of projects types, including Health, Senior’s Living, Community, Education, Multi-Residential and Leisure projects. As Director of Coburn Architecture, she ensures all projects are properly resourced and that the focus on all projects is creating and delivering responsive designs that meet the needs of clients and end users.

Alanna has designed and managed projects valued up to $30million which include complex servicing requirements, remote sites and diverse user groups. Her ongoing relationships with clients and industry colleagues are a testament to her strong design and project management ability.

Alanna Coburn

Helen has proven skills in design, documentation, consultant co-ordination and Contract Administration on an extensive repertoire of project types. She plays a key role in resolving on site issues to minimise impact on the budget and program.

While her specialty has been largely in the health field, her capabilities transcends to education, commercial and hospitality. Helen is particularly adept at working with diverse user groups and in the detailed resolution of spaces to meet user requirements.

Helen Bolton-Underhill
Project Architect

Debora’s professional experience spans over a decade, working within acclaimed
architecture and design offices in Melbourne and Cairns. Combining her success in architecture with her specialisation in lighting design, her experience in design, documentation and project management extends across a diverse portfolio of high-end projects including hospitality, retail, commercial and residential.

Deb partners her awareness of spatial aesthetics with technical ability. Debora’s design process communicates a strong understanding for creating architectural spaces that engage with the inhabitants as well as establishing a sense of place with its surroundings.

Debora Barton
Project Architect